Musical Theatre M.F.A - Music Directing

Penn State University is seeking candidates for its MFA degree program in Music Directing for the Musical Theatre, admitting in Fall 2021. The program, headed by DAN RIDDLE, is the first of its kind in the country.

The first two years of the three-year course of study will be on campus in University Park, PA. Courses include a repertoire class, arranging and orchestrating, notation software, sound design, and conducting. Additional international opportunities are available and encouraged. In the third year, the candidate will music direct a large on-campus production one semester and intern or assist in a regional, New York, or international production the other.

The program includes a graduate assistantship that will cover all tuition plus a stipend. Initial auditions/interviews will be handled via Skype. The next interviews will occur in the spring of 2021, and the next two candidates will start in the fall of 2021. Selected applicants will then travel to Penn State to continue the audition/interview process. All applicants should be pianists by trade. Playing auditions is a big part of this training, so sight-reading skills and familiarity with the repertoire are crucial.


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